When I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence on February 13 along with author Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club's Michael Brune, civil rights icon Julian Bond and 44 others, it was a big moment for my organization, Earth Quaker Action Team.
I always imagined that, when we celebrated the end of mountaintop removal, Larry Gibson would be there. I can't believe Larry won't be alive to see the abolition of the coal mining practice that was -- and still is -- destroying the mountains and communities he loved.
Seriously, anyone who thinks that America's oldest and most biologically diverse mountains ought not be obliterated to pad the pockets of coal company executives and shareholders needs to say so. Loudly.
Recognizing the mounting humanitarian crisis from mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian coalfields, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Louise Slaughter joined others from across the nation today and introduced The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act.
After serving her country as a major in the U.S. Army for 22 years, Marilyn Mullens is now leading a group of her fellow Appalachian women to the West Virginia state capitol on Memorial Day to protest the growing humanitarian crisis of mountaintop removal mining.
In an extraordinary act of solidarity, Blanton and other Appalachian coalfield leaders will join the growing climate justice sit-in at the White House today, calling on President Obama to deny the TransCanada Keystone pipeline permit.